ANGKLA party-list Representative Jesulito Manalo urged the people of Sagay City to continue their efforts in saving the seas and the environment.

Sagay is one of the few cities which showed their serious concern for the protection of the environment, he said during the opening of the 22nd Sinigayan Festival on Thursday.

It is among the cities that have the biggest marine reserves in the country and has sustained it for years, he added.

"You have my full support in saving the seas and the environment. It is noble to hear that your city is celebrating your annual festival which focuses on saving Mother Nature. Your city has become a model in their discussions in Congress as far as environmental and marine protection is concerned. I support the vision to have a clean environment and green forests. I will help Sagaynons secure the needed funds for the protection of the environment," he said.

With a theme "Saving Mother Nature for us and for the future generation," the annual festival opened on Thursday at the city's public plaza

Sagay City Mayor Alfredo Marañon III, for his part, said their city is one of the very few local government units which spearheads in environmental protection.

"In this context, Sagay City serves as a model as far as environmental protection program and advocacies are concerned. I enjoined everyone to take their share in protecting Mother Nature. I appeal to everyone to change your ways especially in managing our solid wastes. May this generation be remembered as a generation that has reversed the wrong practices of the past. I also called on everyone to live up to this year's festival theme in order to make our protected area and rich marine resources sustainable," he said.

Second District Representative Leo Rafael Cueva asked his constituents to be aware and conscious of what the mayor had said regarding our love and protection for our environment, being the home of one of the largest marine reserves in the country.

He encouraged his constituents to continue our best practices and make their city livable.